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This is the 2017 Chevy Bolt, GM's most important car in ages

We had a chance to drive a Bolt this week, but it was lightly camouflaged so we couldn't completely make out the finished product. Now, we can: GM CEO Mary Barra is unveiling the production version of the 2017 Bolt on stage at CES today, a compact fully electric car with a promised electric range of over 200 miles and a price after tax incentives of around $30,000. (Final numbers have yet to be released.) The car will go on sale later this year.

The Bolt's unveiling comes less than a year after the concept version was shown at last year's NAIAS in Detroit, a relatively quick turnaround from concept to dealership — particularly considering that the Bolt represents a radically new powertrain for GM. The car is likely to become the first broadly available full EV under $40,000 with a range over 200 miles when it goes on sale, but others won't be far behind: Tesla is expected to unveil the Model 3 this March for 2017 delivery, and Volkswagen looks like it's nearly ready to deploy high-range EVs at a variety of price points.

Read our full impressions of the Bolt in our first drive here

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